Ohio Settles Lawsuit Involving Dropped Medicaid Recipients

COLUMBUS — About 154,000 Ohio residents will have their Medicaid health benefits restored and their eligibility for the program rechecked as part of a settlement reached in a lawsuit against the state, the state’s Department of Medicaid said today.

The agreement comes in a case involving how Ohio officials “re-determine” the eligibility of recipients in the federal-state health program for the poor and disabled.

In March, the Legal Aid Society of Columbus sued the state’s Medicaid director on behalf of several people and two nonprofits in central Ohio: the Community Refugee and Immigration Services and Community Development for All People. They claimed that some individuals’ Medicaid benefits were terminated or put at risk after Ohio failed to follow federal law and Medicaid regulations during the review process.

Among other issues, the legal group had argued that Ohio failed to conduct certain Medicaid renewal procedures and did not adequately notify recipients as to why coverage was being terminated and how to appeal.

Read more at The Toledo Blade.

More than 150,000 Ohioans to get Medicaid again after settlement

More than 150,000 poor Ohioans will regain tax-funded Medicaid health coverage under a settlement on Tuesday of a lawsuit against the state.

Details of the deal were released a week after a court hearing was canceled because an agreement had been reached. The dispute focused on how the Ohio Department of Medicaid conducted an annual process to determine whether beneficiaries remain eligible for the government health coverage.

The agreement “will result in hundreds of thousands of individuals around the state maintaining the coverage they are eligible to receive under the law and being able to seek the medical care they need, without worrying about racking up medical bills or having to forgo other necessities,” said Kathleen McGarvey, deputy director of the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of several former beneficiaries.

Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.

Ohio’s Payment Plan Helps Get Drivers Licenses Reinstated

Melissa Linville sees it all the time — the cycle of debt that people struggle to break when they are told they can’t legally drive anymore.

Sometimes, it’s because they didn’t pay child support. Or they can’t afford to pay an insurance company’s judgment against them. And then, they drive again — to punch the time clock at work or drop off a kid at school — and get caught behind the wheel. That leads to more fines, longer suspensions and bigger debts.

“There’s definitely a cycle where they drive and then get caught again … and that’s how the reinstatement fees add up and multiply,” said Linville, a lawyer with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. “It’s such a hurdle for people who are trying to get and keep gainful employment.”

Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.

Guide to Life: Does a divorce or dissolution make the best sense?

Decision marks critical first step on long legal road to ending marriage

Lawyer Danny Bank viewed the couple as perfect candidates for a dissolution: no children, few marital assets, husband and wife equally ready to say goodbye to the shadows of their one-time wedded bliss and move on.

Then he found himself sitting at the couple’s kitchen table as they fought over who would get each piece of Tupperware.

Yes, plastic bowls and lids were that important.

Bank understands the conflict. After all, he has seen more-trivial matters take center stage in the wake of a collapsed marriage.

Read more in the Columbus Dispatch.

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